Tukur Mamu loses bid to leave DSS custody to Kuje Prison

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has thrown out the request by terrorist negotiator, Mohammed Tukur Mamu, to be transferred from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) to Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja.

Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the application on Monday, May 20, while delivering ruling on Mamu’s request.

Mamu is standing trial for terrorism offences slammed on him by the Federal Government and had been in the custody of the DSS following the refusal of the court to admit him to bail.

The trial Judge while delivering the ruling said that the Federal Government had raised the issues of incessant jail breaks in prisons as a major ground to oppose the request for transfer to Kuje.

Justice Ekwo held that Mamu did not contradict or dispute the averments as required by law.

According to the judge, since the averments were not challenged by Mamu, they are deemed to be true facts and facts admitted need no further proof.

The judge subsequently ordered Mamu to remain in DSS custody throughout his trial in the criminal charges against him.

Justice Ekwo however affirmed his earlier order that the terrorist negotiator be allowed to access his personal physician for medical treatment with the supervision of the DSS.

Recall that Mamu was arrested at the Aminu Kano International Airport upon his arrival from Egypt on September 6, 2022, over his alleged relationship with the terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train on March 28, 2022.

The DS arraigned him in March 2023 on 10-count charge bothering o terrorism financing, among others.

Mamu has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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